The Best, the Worst, the Saints, and the Sinners -- A Fascinating Guide to the "Real" Lives of the Popes
This captivating history provides a complete portrait of the papacy from Peter to Benedict XVI. Compiled and written by one of the leading scholars in the field, "Lives of the Popes" illuminates the rich historical tapestry of the papal lineage over the course of nearly two thousand years: warriors and peacemakers, saints and scoundrels, politicians and pastors, reformers and nepotists alike.
Included here are fascinating profiles of all 263 popes, essays on the papal election process and its future, timelines of papal, ecclesiastical, and secular persons and events, and ratings of all the popes from the best to the worst. Detailed, comprehensive, and highly accessible, "Lives of the Popes" captures the remarkable stories of the popes and with great humanity reveals how these men transformed Christianity and the world.